§ Gregory Barker
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to conduct an investigation into the treatment of stroke patients at Eastbourne District General Hospital since 1992; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Blears
The Department has no plans to investigate the treatment of stroke patients at Eastbourne District General Hospital.
The Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) was set up by the Government to improve the quality of patient care in the National Health Service across England and Wales. CHI started operating on 1 April 2000 and has a programme underway which aims to reduce unacceptable variations in care and ensure that every NHS patient receives a high level of care. The patients experience is at the heart of CHIs work and one of CHIs four statutory functions is to conduct investigations into serious service failures in the NHS.